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31. Posted by btlax545 (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y

Because it's humbling, daring adventurous, scary, exciting, unforgettable, eye-opening, diversifying, memorable, fulfilling... need some more reasons?

32. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

Quoting john7buck

Speaking of the "self" however, has anybody noticed multiple personalities emerge while traveling?

Yes, I have experienced this as well. I think that travelling allows you to assume whatever role you feel comfortable with. At home, because people know you and you have a certain set of responsibilities to uphold, you don't have the same freedom to say, "today I am going to sit quietly and talk to no-one," or "today I am going to drink and dance and hit on impossibly good-looking women" like you do on the road.

One of the things I really like about my job is because I am in a new city with a new group of people every 3 or 4 months, I can change the person I am with much more ease than I could at home. It has really allowed me to make changes in my life without having old roles and responsibilities hold me back.

Greg

33. Posted by Deleted29 (inactive 3 posts) 11y

You have the makings of a regular cad, my good man

34. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Quoting GregW

Quoting john7buck

Speaking of the "self" however, has anybody noticed multiple personalities emerge while traveling?

Yes, I have experienced this as well. I think that travelling allows you to assume whatever role you feel comfortable with.

I agree with you guys completely, although I think I'd reverse the definitions. At home, who we are is often defined by who we're with at any given moment. The roles you play at home can determine how you act, what you say, what choices you make, and so on. When you travel, you get to be fully YOU, and make decisions for you, yourself alone - because you don't need to or even care to take other people's needs into consideration.

To me, the multiple personality thing is what happens when I'm trying to deal with different people in different situations right here at home.

35. Posted by chemukh (Full Member 132 posts) 11y

Quoting areinstein

You are right Klynch although I tend to think that people that have "seen" the world tend to have a more objective view and a broader understanding of society as a whole.

When I talk to people who tend to discrimeinate against anything... not just the most known topics as racism o Xenophobia, just simple things of life, people who just can only see their owns points of view, almost almays there is a common: they have never traveled, never have seen other realities and never have been the "strange guy" themselves.

36. Posted by BlankFrack (Respected Member 280 posts) 11y

If I'm honest I say my desire to travel is motivated by vanity. There's some thrill I get (and I imagine a lot of people get) from going to places nobody else has been to - well obviously there aren't many places nobody has been to, but I mean your friends/family etc. Going to these places satisfies my vanity to some extent. I should say that I think most actions come down to satisfying your own vanity on some level so that's why I think travel does (for me) too, I'm not saying I'm completely self obsessed or soemthing along those lines, I just think it's healthy to realise when you do something to satisfy your own vanity and not kid yourself that you're doing it for other reasons.

I'm not saying that's the same for everyone incidentally, just me and I happen to think vanity is a positive thing rather than the negative it's usually portrayed as. I imagine a lot of people might disagree with that as a valid reason for travelling, but I hope anyone reading this can see the difference between saying "I travel to satisfy my own vanity" and saying "I travel because I'm the greatest traveller ever!!!" or something along those lines. Anyway, that's one big ramble but there's my reason.

37. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

I definately think there is a level of vanity in my travel as well. I know it's a bit of vanity that I write a blog and post here and bore people with my pictures.

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